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Peace Pole

Peace and Conflict Studies

Join us in learning about the complex origins of violence and the practical skills of advancing human rights and social justice.

As a Peace and Conflict Studies major, you will actively engage with faculty and staff to analyze and construct a more peaceful future—a world that is economically viable, politically democratic, and environmentally sustainable for all.

Our graduates are succeeding in professions including policy analysis, government, non-governmental organizations, journalism, teaching, law, and business.

Active Internships

As interns, our students collaborate with experienced peace-builders in such organizations as the Exodus Refugee Center and Earth Charter Indiana. Others have interned with Better World Campaign and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy and in diverse settings worldwide.

Connect with Us

Take part in campus and community activism with Butler’s new Social Justice Club. Show your commitment to a better world with our T-shirts, attend national conferences, and celebrate at our spring peace weeks and fall peace festivals.

Program Highlights


Activism, community mediation, and International Conflict and Peacebuilding are just a few of real-world topics covered in PACS course topics at Butler. Follow your interests in our cross-disciplinary electives—from political science, gender studies, and anthropology to history, sociology, and communication.

The Desmond Tutu Center for Peace, Reconciliation, and Global Justice 

Our faculty and students serve as fellows with the Desmond Tutu Center at Butler. They assist with leadership development initiatives in social justice and reconciliation, international relationships, and inter-religious bridge building in Indianapolis and beyond.

Washington Learning Program and Study Abroad

Peace and Conflict Studies students have been able to witness and take part in global peace-building initiatives while studying in Washington, DC, and through Study Abroad in such countries as Ireland, Cameroon, and Guatemala.